T: The Bride's A Bonny Wee Thing
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Also known as The Bride’s A Bonny Thing, The Bride’s March, Da Bride’s A Boanie Ting, Da Bride’s A Boannie Ting, Da Bride’s A Bonnie Ting, Da Brides A Boanie Ting.
There are 8 recordings of this tune.
The Bride's A Bonny Wee Thing has been added to 27 tunebooks.
This is actually a march.Play it slowly,with primes on the long A’s and drones wherever you can.Try it in AEae.
Isn’t this a Shetland tune?
Yes,it’s from the Shetland Islands.
This tune is also known as “My Wife’s a Wanton Wee Thing” amongst pipers and is played in A Mixolydian: dropping the G# and D# out of this setting gives you the basic piper’s setting. The Battlefield Band play this tune on one of their many albums.
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on August 29th 2003 by dafydd.
This Shetland wedding march has no relation to “My Wife’s a Winsome / Wanton Wee Thing”
although if, as ceadach says, pipers play “Da Bride’s a Bonnie Ting” and call it “My Wife’s a Wanton Wee Thing”, I’ve not heard of this.
Composed by Tom Anderson?
No, not written by Tom Anderson. It’s a Shetland variant of an old Scottish tune called “The Bride has a Bonny Thing” which was published in the mid-18th century (e.g. Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion Vol.8 (1747).